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July 2018 Summer Newsletter

4th of July Boozy Treats Recipe

What better way to show your patriotism this 4th of July than with a delicious Pina Colada inspired jello shot? This recipe is easy and fun to make and even funner to eat!


  • 2 packets of Knox clear unflavored gelatin per color
  • 1/2 cup boiling water per color
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Rum per color
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice per color
  • 1/2 cup Cherry Liqueur (red), or sweetened condensed milk (white), or Blue Curacao (blue)
  • 36 1 oz. portion cups with lids
  • White star sprinkles (optional)

  1. Start by bringing 1/2 cup of water to a boil. Once it has reached boiling point slowly mix in the 2 packets of knox clear unflavored gelatin. Stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Let sit to cool.
  2. In a seperate mixing boil, stir together the coconut rum, pineapple juice and cherry liqueur(red).
  3. Once the water and gelatin mixture has cooled a bit, stir in the alcohol mixture.
  4. Pour the mixture into the 1 oz. portion cups filling about a quarter of the way.
  5. Place the cups in the freezer for 30-45 minutes to set.
  6. Repeat with the white(sweetended condesend milk) than blue(blue curacao) layers, making sure to cool the jello every time to set each color.
  7. Once the shots have set, sprinkle the white stars on top.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Bring Summer Inside

       The blazing summer sun is in full swing, farmer’s markets are flush with fresh fruits and veggies, and everyone is showing off their newly tanned skin. You’ve been ready and waiting for the warmer weather, but have you done anything to get your home ready for the season? Here are a few easy ways to get your house into the summer swing.

If you have an out-door space, utilize it. Balconies, patios, or gardens are perfect areas to set up alfresco dining. Simple outdoor furniture paired with soft pastel colored linens create the perfect summer escape and chill spot.

  • Bringing the outdoors inside is also a great way to make your home more summery. If you can’t have a garden, purchase an oversized flower pot and create a mini garden indoors. Herb window boxes, hanging plants, or even freshly cut flowers or leafy greens in a modest vase are also easy ways to fill your home with nature.
  • Don’t really have a green thumb? Try using other natural elements and textures. Coordinating a nice patio set with a sisal rug in your dining or sitting area can create a warm beachy feel, especially when you add splashes of seashell and driftwood accessories.
  • If you are looking for something a little easier to pull together to summer-ize your home, then adding a little light and color is the way to go. Replace your dark and heavy window coverings with something sheer and pale in color. Switch up the pillows and cushions in your sitting area with brightly colored fabrics and don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns and textures. Put up multi colored display pieces or dishes in your kitchen. Pops of color in each room will make you feel like you are living in a beautiful summer garden.

A few simple décor changes can create your own personal secret garden and help you love your home even more. Turning your home into the perfect summer retreat will not only give your home a serene feeling, but it will renew your spirit. And if you are ready to take on bigger projects to reenergize your home, Marc Coan Designs is just a phone call away!

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